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Episode 20 – Wholeness, Authenticity, and Spirituality in Higher Education

Office Hours with John Gardner

Laura I. Rendón shares how we can illuminate the assets low income students do have such as strong communities and values in Latinx communities. Learn how she has thrived in ‘middle spaces’ where she learned to live with ambiguity and found spaces of opportunity and hope.

Guest Bio

Laura I. Rendón is Professor Emerita and Co-Director of the Center for Research and Policy in Education at University of Texas-San Antonio. A native of Laredo, Texas, Rendón’s scholarly endeavors have focused on college access and success especially for low-income, first-generation students. Rendón is credited with developing the theory of validation that academic and student affairs practitioners have employed as a student success framework.  Her current research on student success is focused on shattering deficit frameworks, illuminating student assets, and assisting Latinx students succeed in STEM fields.

Rendón is also a teaching and learning thought leader. She is the author of the book, Sentipensante (Sensing/Thinking Pedagogy): Educating for Wholeness, Social Justice and Liberation, that addresses deep learning experiences employing contemplative tools.  Her current work in this area relates to contemplative education that centers social justice. Rendón earned a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She holds a Master of Arts degree from Texas A&M University-Kingsville and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Houston. Rendón earned an Associate of Arts degree from San Antonio College and also attended Laredo Community College.

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